General English




Collocations:-  Collocations are very simple things to understand, and they will actually benefit us a great deal when we start to use them yourself.

Because a collocation is used so often in English speech and writing, so mastering the use of them is essential for you to be able to speak and write in a way that is both commonly understood, and grammatically correct.


What is a Collocation?

Collocations are the words that are frequently placed together. We can say that collocation in English is a group of two or more words that are often found together either in English speech or in English writing.


In other words we can say that collocations are the words that are most often used together. To understand which words go together most often in English is to really show your mastery of the language.  By highlighting how you are aware of the words that fit best together, it is used in that way more often than not.

Though there are different types of collocations, so we will take a look at some examples of these to better understand what is really a collocation.


Examples of collocations:

Its Examples  with prepositions at, in, on, to, with in Sentences


No.-1. He’s brilliant at football.

No.-2. They are excellent at planning fun parties.

No.-3. The teacher was surprised at the student’s question.

No.-4. She has lost her belief in God.

No.-5. There was no change in the patient’s condition overnight.

No.-6. I need some lessons in how to set up a website.

No.-7. I congratulate you on your new job!

No.-8. I insist on Peter’s studying every day for two hours.

No.-9. Can we rely on this old car to get us there ?

No.-10. I feel very proud to be a part of the team.

No.-11. People are scared to use the buses late at night.

No.-12. It’s nice to know you.

No.-13. You are blessed with many talents.

No.-14. Don’t be careless with your ATM card.

No.-15. The fall in retail sales is directly connected with the decline in employment.


Example of Collocation in Verb Sentences:-


No.-1. He asked her out to dinner.

No.-2. You get wet in the rain.

No.-3. I get tired of educating people.

No.-4. It’s important to get sleep so don’t stay up too long.

No.-5. He always give a hand to anyone in difficulty.

No.-6. I’ve got to get into town. Can you give me a ride?

No.-7. He gave an idea for new project so he got a promotion.

No.-8. It’s easy to make a mistake.

No.-9. We can’t undertake that you will make a profit.

No.-10. My mom always makes me a sandwich to school

No.-11. We need to make an effort to do well in this competition.

No.-12. The committee has made serious objections to that plan.

Collocations List

No.-13. The old man is going to go crazy.

No.-14. As for myself I doubt I’ll ever go on a date.

No.-15. I’ll just go online and look up her address.

No.-16. I want to go sailing.

No.-17. I wanted to take a break and work on some things.

No.-18. We will take a chance to have the party outdoor.

No.-19. He had intended to take a holiday in New York.

No.-20. I might take a lesson from you.

No.-21. I’ll take a look at the website and let you know what I think.

No.-22. Take a rest from your hard work.

No.-23. Take a seat while I get you something to drink.

No.-24. I take a step into the center of the circle.

No.-25. We don’t have to take advice from him.

No.-26. Take medicine when you get gripes.

No.-27. Her mental scars will take time to heal.

No.-28. Whatever you do, slow down and take your time.

No.-29. We came to say hello as we were passing through.

No.-30. Why should I say sorry when it’s not my fault?

No.-31. Can I trust you to keep a secret?

No.-32. My mother likes to keep control of everything.

No.-32. Please, keep quite when I’m on the phone.

No.-33. We have to keep scoring the points in the fourth quarter.

No.-34. You must learn to keep your balance in skating.

No.-35. “You and me, today we’re going to break a record, ”he said.

No.-36. Luckily, a bush broke his fall.

No.-37. His son could catch a ball coming toward his left or right.

No.-38. I caught her eye and smiled.

No.-39. See you again. Catch you later.


Example of Noun and Preposition Collocation in Sentences


No.-1. The school has decided to adopt a different approach to discipline.

No.-2. She was concerned to write about situations that everybody could identify with.

No.-3. I really admire Sarah for her dedication to her family.

No.-4. The invitation to the reception at the embassy arrived the next day.

No.-5. The book is full of references to growing up in India.

No.-6. We received an encouraging response to our advertisement.

No.-7. He will remain head of state during the period of transition to democracy.

No.-8. Dave has close connection with my family.

No.-9. I’ve got a dinner date with Tommy on Saturday.

No.-10. He spoke openly about his involvement with the singer.

No.-11. Tony left after a quarrel with his wife.

No.-12. She received approval for the proposal from the shareholders.

No.-13. At least give her credit for trying.

No.-14. He felt nothing but hatred for his attacker.

No.-15. I’m aware of John’s reputation for being late.

No.-16. We went to see an exhibition of Viking jewellery.

No.-17. His habit of smoking in restaurants caused many problems in California.

No.-18. He was the first to see the possibilities of the plan.

No.-19. He pleaded the cause of the local fishermen.



Examples of Adjective and preposition collocation in sentences


No.-1. The drought has made farmers anxious about the harvest.

No.-2. He was quite certain about his attacker’s identity.

No.-3. They were very curious about the people who lived upstairs.

No.-5. He’s brilliant at football.

No.-6. They are excellent at planning fun parties.

No.-7. Please don’t be mad at me!

No.-8. Dustin is terrible at texting.

No.-9. He’s got no manners – he’s rude to everyone.

No.-10. It’s good to see you again.

No.-11. She had grown accustomed to his long absences.

No.-12. I’ve never seen two people so attached to each other.

No.-13. Everyone in the class seemed eager to learn.

No.-14. Her dress is almost identical to mine.

No.-15. It’s too late to start complaining now.

No.-16. How are you related to him? Is he your cousin?

No.-17. It was generous of him to offer to pay for us both.

No.-18. You are in danger of being robbed.

No.-19. A crane is a kind of bird with very long legs and neck.

No.-20. It was nice of you to give me a present

No.-21. I’m sick of the way you’ve treated me.

No.-22. I’m sick and tired of all the arguments.

No.-23. It was unkind of you to take his toy away.

No.-24. The kids are busy with their homework.

No.-25. My mother is very clever with her hands.

No.-26. The airport is crowded with stranded travelers.

No.-27. He’s fed up with his job. He wants to quit.

No.-28. She was very gentle with the children.

Examples of Verb and preposition collocation in sentences


No.-1.We depend on our customers’ suggestions.

No.-2. I like to pride myself on my ability to concentrate.

No.-3. She had to apologized to the whole family.

No.-4. Professor Samson attributes this painting to Leonardo.

No.-5. She committed herself to finding a new job.

No.-6. Please contribute to the fund for the needy.

No.-7. Something awful happened to your car.

No.-8. She listens to the radio in the car.

No.-9. I object to your opinion.

No.-10. He reacted poorly to the news.

No.-11. He doesn’t care for playing golf.

No.-12. I can’t excuse myself for not doing it.

No.-13. Let me pay for Tom.

No.-14. A hotel room is being prepared for them.

No.-15. She said goodbye and thanked us for coming.

No.-16. She shut her eyes and wished for him to get better.

No.-17. My birthday coincides with a national holiday.

No.-18. He complies with each and every order.

No.-19. My closed is crammed with dirty clothes!

No.-20.The congressman met with strong opposition to his plan.

No.-21.It was hard to distinguish one twin from the other.

No.-22.The swimmer emerged from the lake.

No.-23.I got a letter today. I finally heard from him.

No.-24.I hope that this will result in the police finding your car.

No.-25.Can I trust in the figures in this report?


Adverb and Verb Collocations


No.-1.Badly damage

No.-2.Deeply rooted

No.-3.Never knew

No.-4.Quite agree

No.-5.Strongly argue

No.-6.Strongly condemn

No.-7.Strongly deny

No.-8.Strongly dislike

No.-9.Strongly object

No.-10.Strongly recommend

No.11.Strongly suggest

No.-12.Strongly support


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